Man arrested on match-fixing suspicion in BPL

Dhaka: The cloud of match-fixing is hovering over the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League and a player is under the scanner after the arrest of a Pakistani man last night due to "suspicious activities".

Sajid Khan was arrested when he was trying to have access to players` zone during the Chittagong Kings match against Barisal Burners at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday evening.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) security staff had stopped him near the players` zone and then handed him over to the Police.

It has been reported that the security officers found the bank account number of one player of the Chittagong Kings and the e-mail address of another who is playing for the Dhaka Gladiators in Sajid`s mobile inbox.

The BCB security chief, Col (rtd) Mesbahuddin Serniabat, said they were keeping an eye on Sajid since the matches held in Chittagong.

"His movement was very suspicious and we followed him from Chittagong," he said.

BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said, "He has been handed over to the police so the investigation is now in their hands. The BCB has zero tolerance in this matter and I hope we get to the bottom of this."

An official of the Chittagong franchise, requesting anonymity, told a cricket portal that Sajid had been found talking to some of their foreign players during the tournament.

Sajib was seen sitting in stands just above the players` dugout and dressing room during the matches held in Mirpur.

The incident occurs just over two weeks after Dhaka Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza reported to his franchise that he had been approached by a fellow cricketer regarding potential spot-fixing during the BPL.

The BCB has formed a four-member committee to inquire into the allegation.